“Shimnit Utsch may not be familiar to some but that is a technical name for what the late Manohar Parrikar had branded as HSRP scam running into crores of rupees paid as bribe to get the HSRP tender few years ago. He had even ordered registration of an FIR against the Digambar Kamat administration. But that appears to have been buried and a new scam is allowed to rise” said Aam Aadmi Party Convenor Elvis Gomes describing the chaotic situation at RTO’s as nothing but a result of attempts to satisfy greed of a few. He said that the outcome of the FIR against various persons in the HSRP matter be made known to the Public before another corruption scam engulfs the government.
Addressing media in the city today, Gomes said that forcing people to leave their work and endlessly wait in long queues was neither necessary nor desirable and alleged that the government was habitually pushing the Aam Aadmi to be in queues wasting time and money as was witnessed recently in GMC for a mere job application. He also taunted the government to send another delegation to European Countries to learn about fitting such vehicle number plates and charged that the government was full with people who were bankrupt of ideas.
Gomes said that the Government could do well in learning from AAP ruled state like Delhi or even BjP Govt in Gujarat where such work was going on without many glitches .
Gomes claimed the rates of HSRP’s in Delhi as ₹69, ₹86, ₹213 and ₹220 for 2 wheelers , 3 wheelers , LMV’s and HMV’s respectively as against 155/-, 203/-, 332/-, and 332/- charged in Goa and said that people should have been given option to procure it online from any of the approved vendors in the country. He asked why despite charging almost double , additional charges to fit the plate were also taken from the people. “In the Government’s estimate, 10 lakhs vehicles were currently running on roads and if one HSRP affixation centre works 10 hours a day and fits one plate every minute, than for 300 hours in a month, only 18000 vehicles would get fitted with HSRPs. This busts the government’s claim of completion of the exercise in one month” said Gomes. He demanded that all dealers and garages in private sector be designated as HSRP affixation centres to streamline the work.